Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 14, 2018

“My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD.” – “they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD” – “For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!” – “They will come and shout for joy”

Today’s devotion comes from Zechariah chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following chapter –

“9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from Jerusalem;
And the bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak peace to the nations;
And His dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you,
I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope;
This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.
13 For I will bend Judah as My bow,
I will fill the bow with Ephraim.
And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece;
And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.
14 Then the Lord will appear over them,
And His arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord God will blow the trumpet,
And will march in the storm winds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts will defend them.
And they will devour and trample on the sling stones;
And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine;
And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
Drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 And the LORD their God will save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a crown,
Sparkling in His land.
17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.”  Zechariah 9:9-17.

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Other doctrine presents their god who urges its disciples to save themselves whether it be by a lot (works) or by a little (will to be saved).

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who is “endowed with salvation” (verse 9) and Who, by the blood of His covenant, sets prisoners of sin free from hopelessness symbolized by the waterless pit (verse 11).

“For the LORD has ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.”  Jeremiah 31:11.

At worst, other doctrine presents their disciples who are always anxious, never sure of doing enough, and always fearful of losing their salvation.

At best, other doctrine presents their disciples who are satisfied with their own goodness.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents its disciples who are satisfied with the goodness of God and who are beautiful even “radiant”, “Sparkling”, and “boisterous”.  They “shout for joy” even “Shout in triumph”, because the LORD of hosts has done all that is needed for their salvation.

“16 And the LORD their God will save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a crown,
Sparkling in His land.
17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.”  Verses 16-17.

“10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
And declare in the coastlands afar off,
And say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him
And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.”
11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
12 “They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion,
And they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD
Over the grain and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the flock and the herd;
And their life will be like a watered garden,
And they will never languish again.
13 “Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will turn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.
14 “I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 31:10-14.


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